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X:1 T:Mountain Sprite [1], The M:C| L:1/8 R:Sand Jig S:Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:C G,C2E G4 | {d}c>Bc>a g>ed>c | G,B,2D G4 | {c}B>AB>e d>BA>G | G,C2E G4 | A,D2F A4 | {c}B>AB>a (3gag (3fed |1 c2 {^f}g2 {f}g2 {f}g2 :|2 c2e2c2z2 || |: (c'4b2)z2 | (F4E2)z2 | (de/f/) e>d (cd/e/) d>c | (Bc/d/) c>B c>B A2 | (c'4b2)z2 | (F4E2)z2 | (de/f/) e>d (cd/e/) d>c | (Bc/d/) c>B A2 G>F | E>G c>e g3E | F>A c>f a3A | B>db>a g>fA>B | d>ce>c G>AG>F | E>G c>e g3E | F>A c>f a3A | B>db>a g>f A>B | (3cge (3cGE C2z2 :|

MOUNTAIN SPRITE, THE. American, "Sand Jig." C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Cole): AA'BB'CC (Craig, Kerr). "The Mountain Sprite" is credited to Frank Livingston in Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883), one of several melodies in that volume attributed to him. He may have been a journeyman composer in the Boston area. A "sand jig" was a syncopated duple-metre banjo tune popular in the 1870's and 1880's, particularly as the vehicle for a kind of solo clog dancing. It was often performed on a stage that had been sanded to reduce friction to facilitate the dancer's footwork, and thus the type became known as "sand jigs".

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Printed sources : - Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 83. Craig (The Empire Collection of Hornpipes), c. 1890's; p. 5. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), Glasgow, c. 1880's; No. 415, p. 47. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, Boston, 1883; p. 116.

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